Nun-cents: Phila. convent robbed, cops call it "horrendous"

Investigator looks for clues to break-in that netted $150 at St. Gabriel's Parish in the Grays Ferry neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pa. CBS Philly

(CBS) PHILADELPHIA - The 11 nuns who teach children and help feed the needy at St. Gabriel Parish in Grays Ferry are $150 lighter.

An intruder invaded the Philadelphia convent through a front window in the early morning hours Thursday, stealing money the sisters were using to buy their food and conduct classes at the parish grade school, CBS Philly reports.

Sister Marian Gregory, the house superior for the 11 nuns of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, says the convent alarm sounded twice during the night, but sisters who investigated did not come face to face with the intruder.

Detectives spent the morning and early afternoon looking for possible evidence, including fingerprints they hope could lead to the suspect.

The detectives are also hoping surveillance video might help them identify the "bad Samaritan."

St. Gabriel Parish has been part of the Grays Ferry community for more than a century. Crime has forced the sisters to cover some of their windows with iron bars.

As church members, parents and neighbors learned of the burglary, they said they would work together to restore the stolen money to the convent.

Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to call South Detectives Division at 215-686-3013.